It seems like second nature for most travelers these days: when you book your flight and hotel, you book a rental car as well. While this is not always necessary, those visiting St. Martin may find merit in having the ability to drive back and forth between the French and Dutch sides of the island with ease.
Rental agencies will usually deliver cars directly to your hotel, so you may need to take a taxi from the airport. There are many agencies at your disposal, however, and you can find rental car stations near the airport.
Requirements and restrictions can vary. St. Martin does honor international driver's licenses for those who wish to rent cars, but if you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.
Review the table below which shows the various area rental agencies.
|(059) 029-2732||Blue Bay Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon|
|(059) 049-9595||Jardin D'Agrement - Marigot|
|Automax Car Rental||(069) 035-4075||Orient Bay|
|(059) 087-5060||Z.A.C. de Bellevue - Marigot|
|(059) 087-3822||Cul de Sac - French Cul de Sac|
|(059) 087-7764||Cripple Gate - Downtown Marigot|
|Discount Car Rental||(059) 052-8507||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 087-5083||191 Rue de Hollande - Marigot|
|(059) 087-7833||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 087-5581||Les Villages de St. Martin - Marigot|
|Golfe Car Rental||(059) 051-9481||Golfe Hotel - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 029-4885||Isabeli - Anse Marcel|
|Hertz L'Esperance||(059) 077-7777||L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case|
|(059) 087-7301||Galisbay - Marigot|
|(059) 087-7453||La Colline Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground|
|(059) 087-0830||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 077-1712||Centre Commercial Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground|
|(059) 087-2958||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 029-2732||Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon|
|Next Level Car Rental||(800) 488-1427||17 Rue Frederick Arrondell - Marigot|
|(059) 087-3543||Cul de Sac - Cul De Sac|
|Thrifty SFG||(059) 029-2424||L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case|
|Triple A Car Rental||(059) 087-3717||Quartier d'Orleans - French Cul de Sac|
|(059) 027-0580||Rue de l'Esperance - Grand-Case|
|(059) 087-1874||Galisbay - Sandy Ground|
|Unity Car Rental||(059) 087-3497||Belle Plaine Orleans - Marigot|
Rental rates are affordable, with prices ranging from $30 to $50(USD) a day with unlimited mileage and free drop-off service. Renters will incur extra fees with the price of gasoline, child seats, extra driver permits, and the highly recommended collision damage insurance, which will generally run from $9 to $14(USD) a day. Credit card holders should also learn about rental vehicle insurance that may be held on their cards.
Driving is done on the right hand side of the road in St. Martin. Roads are well maintained and in good condition for the Caribbean, but drivers should beware of poorly lit streets, herds of animals, and concealed or missing street signs. Drivers should always drive defensively while in another country.
Seat belts are required to be worn by all ages and at all times. Children under 12 must ride in the back seat, and children under 4 should be in a car seat or booster. Some rental car agencies even offer safety seats for rent.
Be sure to check out the table just below for various fueling options in and around St. Martin.
|(059) 087-7037||Quartier d'Orleans - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South West of Orient Bay|
|(590) 590 21-5179||Galisbay - Downtown Marigot|
|--||2.8 mi. (4.4 km) North of Oyster Pond|
|--||Rue de la Hollande - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-7076||Anse Marcel|
|(059) 087-5767||La Savane - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-8371||Sandy Ground|
|(059) 029-0033||Rue de Hollande - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-2805||La Savane - Downtown Marigot|
There are plenty of options for renting a car in St. Martin, and the absence of a custom or border patrol station means that a short drive is the only thing that separates the French and the Dutch sides of the island.
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